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-span network. we will take you to a briefing that happened not all that long ago with the janet napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, and the transportation secretary. this is a conference call it happened midafternoon. >> good afternoon, everyone. we are pleased to have janet napolitano. and doctor rick nabb and charlie. we also have a representative from the coast guard. with that, let me turn it over to some opening remarks. >> good afternoon. what we will do with start with the doctor so everybody gets the forecast on the weather and that i will give an overview of response efforts today. that will turn it over to secretary lahood. >> thank you, madame secretary. this is a large and sprawling weather system but it is substantially weaker overall than it had been yesterday. certainly compared to monday and monday night. it is still producing some pockets of heavy rain indiana area, all the way over to new england, new hampshire, and in between some of the mountainous areas. west virginia there is some snow going on. all that will be tapering off by tomorrow, for the most part.
and for emergency response. janet napolitano has been available to electeds and all people in new york. the head of homeland defense and security. the head of fema, there's been a lot of conference calls every single day on emergency response. ray lahood has been coordinating the response on the transportation system, but fema is coordinating the overall response. i'm sure that there will be requests for infrastructure, for people. it is a disaster beyond belief. and there has to be a commission to look at ways we can try and prevent this in the future. one of the problems in new york is a lot of the infrastructure was in the basement of buildings. for example the hospitals, they had their m.r.i.'s, these huge electrical systems. and othercies testimonies in the basement. it's all destroyed with the saltwater. i was touring n.y.u. medical yesterday, and the smell, the stench just from a few days was almost unbelievable. the combination of this type of electric communication systems rotting. everywhere you see on the lower east side, the pumps are working, trying to push water out. some of our la
janet napolitano will be visiting the disaster area today. she waved some maritime rules which will relieve some of a fuel shortage problems they are having in the new york and new jersey area. in about one hour, we will take you live to the national press club in washington to hear from penn state university president rodney erickson who will talk about the future of penn state one day after the former president of penn state was criminally charged with covering up reports that former assistant coach jerry sandusky had abused young boys on campus. we'll hear from president erickson at 1:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span and our road to a wider is covers later today -- michelle obama is in petersburg, va. at 5:25 eastern. tonight, mitt romney and paul ryan are joined by their wives and the campaign trail in ohio and at the rally this evening, you will hear from john mccain and former secretary of state condoleezza rice tonight at 7:30 eastern. cspan continues to bring you house, senate, and governors debates around the country heading into tuesday's election. we will take two hour
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